US comic Dave Chappelle is forced to pause the show during an Australian tour after a wild brawl broke out among the ‘Bogans’ in the audience – and the telling reason why there are NO photos of it
- Crowd at the comedian’s first show of his Australian tour
- Was seen leaving Perth to play two shows in Sydney
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Comedian Dave Chappelle has fled Perth on a private jet hours after his performance was abruptly cut short mid-show when a violent brawl broke out in the crowd.
Fans have recalled how the controversial Emmy-winning stand-up comedian performed at a packed RAC arena on Thursday night when a riot erupted in a top row at the back of the venue, involving screams and curses .
No footage of the wild scenes has surfaced as Chappelle has maintained a strict no-phone policy at his performances for at least six years.
It is understood that Chappelle spoke about how he was attacked by a spectator onstage at the Hollywood Bowl in LA nearly a year ago as all hell broke loose.
Chappelle was seen arriving in a private jet hangar at Perth Airport early Friday morning after the dramatic first concert of his Australian tour.
Dave Chappelle was pictured leaving Perth on Friday morning, hours after the first show of his Australian tour was marred by a wild crowd brawl
He was dressed casually in a black undershirt, black pants and white sneakers.
Chappelle is set to perform two shows at Sydney Olympic Park this weekend, a few days after he was spotted meeting fans and taking selfies outside a Jamaican restaurant in downtown Surry Hills.
Fans at Thursday night’s performance praised Chappelle for his professionalism.
“Dave Chappelle showed me tonight in Perth that he is the GOAT and a total pro. Too bad some bogans in the crowd decided to fight midway through his set,” one man tweeted.
“What impressed me the most was how quickly he got the crowd back.”
Many in the confused crowd were unsure if the fight was real or part of Chappelle’s show.
“About halfway through the set there was a lot of shouting, swearing and commotion from one of the top tiers at the back,” one attendee told The West Australian.
“Once he realized a fight had broken out, he made a joke about their shitty behavior before quickly moving on.
“It was a great show and thankfully it wasn’t ruined by the brawl. Dave Chappelle and the arena staff handled it really well.
Dave Chappelle (pictured at Perth Airport on Friday) will be performing two shows in Sydney
It is understood that it took security forces 10 minutes to break up the melee.
Chappelle will also perform two shows in Melbourne next weekend before heading to Brisbane, followed by Auckland.
Tickets for his shows in Sydney at Qudos Bank Arena start at $188.
Chapelle has previously explained the reasons behind its strict no-phone policy.
“So I knew that whatever I said in the room, I was saying it to everyone whether they were in the room or not, which is not an empowering feeling for a comedian,” he told US talk show Jimmy Kimmel in 2017.
“It’s like the rules of Fight Club apply. What I’m trying to tell you is that I’d rather leave it in the room.
“The other thing is, comedians need the element of surprise. So if anyone sees the joke I’m making before I come to this town I’ll have to make all new jokes and I couldn’t write fast enough.
“I say a lot of crazy shit, it’s not malicious, but here we go.”
The controversial comedian (pictured) has a no-phone policy when he performs
Chappelle sparked widespread backlash for material in his Netflix comedy special The Closer in 2021, which some in the LGBTQ+ community said satirized transgender people.
His followers saw it as an outcry against the demolition culture.
The special even drew a reaction from transgender star Caitlyn Jenner, who also defended the comedian for his comments.
In the special, Chappelle joked that women view trans women the same way black people view white black-faced women.
He also said that since Jenner was named Glamor magazine’s Woman of the Year in 2015, women have a right to feel angry at trans women.
“I’d be insanely insane if I were a woman,” Chappelle said sarcastically in a part deemed problematic.
US comedian Dave Chappelle is currently touring Australia and New Zealand